Monday, May 16, 2016

The Alliance by Jolina Petersheim

I became an instant fan of Author Jolina Petersheim when I read her first two books The Outcast and The Midwife.  I was excited to read the Alliance and once again I was not disappointed.  The author has rich ties to the Amish and Mennonite communities and her knowledge of their lifestyle shines through in her writing.

The Alliance is not your average Amish fiction novel.  This book keeps the reader enthralled from the first to the last page and for me it is one of those books that keeps you wondering and thinking about it when you are not reading.  The ending was so good and so unexpected.  This is one book I will for sure read again!

The book starts when Leora Ebersole sees a small plane crashes in her Old Order Mennonite community.  Leora has no idea it's a foreshadowing of things to come.  Soon after the pilot, Moses Hughes, regains consciousness, they realize his instruments were destroyed by the same power outage that killed the electricity at the community store, where Englischers are stranded with dead cell phones and cars that won't start.

Moses offers a sobering theory, but no on can know how drastically life is about to change.  With the only self-sustaining food supply in the region, the Pacifist community is forced to forge an alliance with the handful of stranded Englischers in an effort to protect no only the food but their very lives.

In the weeks that follow, Leora, Moses and the community will be tested as never before, requiring them to make decisions they never thought possible.  Whom will they help and whom will they turn away?  When the community receives news of a new threat, everyone must decide how far they're willing to go to protect their beliefs and way of life.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Jolina Petersheim is the bestselling author of The Midwife and The Outcast, which Library Journal called "outstanding . . . fresh and inspirational" in a starred review and named one of the best books of 2013. Her writing has been featured in venues as varied as radio programs, nonfiction books, and numerous online and print publications such as Reader's Digest, Writer's Digest, and Today's Christian Woman. Jolina and her husband share the same unique Amish and Mennonite heritage that originated in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, but now live on a solar-powered farm in the Driftless Region of Wisconsin with their young daughters. Follow Jolina and her blog at

You can get your copy of The Alliance on Amazon by clicking HERE.

***Thanks to Tyndale Publishing for providing me a copy of The Alliance in exchange for my honest review.

1 comment:

  1. Hi, Sheila! Thank you for the fantastic review! :D